Thomas Terberger

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Thomas Terberger, 2016

Thomas Terberger (* 1960 in Bielefeld ) is a German prehistorian . From 1993 to 2013 he worked at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald , since 2009 as an adjunct professor . Since April 2013 he has been employed at the Lower Saxony State Office for Monument Preservation .


Terberger studied prehistory and early history, ethnology and geology at the University of Cologne from 1980 to 1985 . In 1991 he was there in Pre- and Early History doctorate .

From 1991 to 1993 he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Prehistory and Protohistory at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz . Since 1993, Terberger initially worked as an academic adviser at the Department of Prehistory and Protohistory (until 1996: Institute for Prehistory and Protohistory) and as curator of the collection of prehistoric antiquities at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald . In 2001 Terberger completed his habilitation at the University of Greifswald and was appointed adjunct professor in 2009. He has been with the Lower Saxony State Office for Monument Preservation since April 2013 and was responsible, among other things, for coordinating research on the Schöningen site until August 2016 . The site in the Helmstedt district is of outstanding international importance due to the discovery of the Schöningen spears , which represent the oldest wooden spears known to mankind. In 2015 Terberger was re-qualified at the University of Göttingen.

Thomas Terberger at a workshop on the Mesolithic site of Bierden 31 ( Venus von Bierden ), 2014

Terberger since 2003 corresponding and since 2014 a full member of the German Archaeological Institute , was 2003-2009 president of the Archaeological Society of Mecklenburg and Vorpommern and serves on the board of the European Society for the Study of the Human Evolution eV (European Society for the Study of Human Evolution ) on. His work focuses on the Paleolithic of Central Europe, the Stone Age in the Baltic Sea region, Stone Age human remains and research into the beginnings of violence and war.

Terberger became known nationwide when he triggered the unmasking of the anthropologist Reiner Protsch in 2001 , who had forged radiocarbon dating of allegedly Paleolithic human remains. Since 2008, together with Detlef Jantzen, he has been leading research on the significant remains of a Bronze Age violent conflict in the Tollensetal in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania ( battlefield in the Tollensetal ). Since 2012, he and colleagues have been conducting new research at the Mesolithic burial site in Groß Fredenwalde in the Uckermark in Brandenburg. In 2016 he was able to present remarkable graves from this site.

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  • The settlement findings of the Magdalenian site in Gönnersdorf. Concentration III and IV (= The Magdalenian discovery site Gönnersdorf. 6). Steiner, Stuttgart 1997, ISBN 3-515-06791-4 (also: Cologne, University, Dissertation, 1991).
  • From Gravettia to Magdalenian in Central Europe. Aspects of human settlement history around the second cold peak of the last ice age. 3 volumes. 2001, (Greifswald, University, habilitation thesis, 2001).
  • Paleolithic and Mesolithic. In: Uta von Freeden, Siegmar von Schnurbein (ed.): Traces of the millennia. Archeology and History in Germany. Theiss, Stuttgart 2002, ISBN 3-8062-1337-2 , 60-107.
  • A new bronze dagger of the Malchiner type from Ostprignitz. In: Archaeological correspondence sheet . Vol. 32, No. 3, 2002, pp. 373-388.
  • with Martin Street: Hiatus or continuity? New results for the questions of pleniglacial settlement in Central Europe. In: Antiquity. Vol. 76, No. 293, 2002, pp. 691-698, doi : 10.1017 / S0003598X00091134 .
  • with Martin Street and Jörg Orschiedt : A critical review of the German Palaeolithic hominin record. In: Journal of Human Evolution . Vol. 51, No. 6, 2006, pp. 551-579, doi : 10.1016 / j.jhevol.2006.04.014 .
  • The Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. In: Siegmar von Schnurbein (Hrsg.): Atlas of the prehistory. Europe from the first humans to the birth of Christ. Theiss, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN 978-3-8062-2105-3 , pp. 12-59.
  • with B. Bramanti, MG Thomas, W. Haak, M. Unterlaender, P. Jores, K. Tambets, I. Antanaitis-Jacobs, M. Haidle, R. Jankauskas, C.-J. Kind, F. Lueth, J. Hiller, S. Matsumura, P. Forster and J. Burger: Genetic discontinuity between local hunter-gatherers and Central Europe's first farmers. In: Science . Vol. 326, No. 5949, 2009, pp. 137-140, doi : 10.1126 / science.1176869 .
  • with Sönke Hartz and Mikhail Zhilin: New AMS-dates on the Upper Volga Mesolithic and the origin of microblade technology in Europe. In: Quaternary. Vol. 57, 2010, pp. 155-169, doi : 10.7485 / QU57_08 .
  • with Harald Lübke and Friedrich Lüth : Fishers or farmers? The Archeology of the Ostorf Cemetery and Related Neolithic Finds in the Light of new information. In: Report of the Roman-Germanic Commission. Vol. 88, 2007 (2010), pp. 307-338.
  • with Jesper Olsen, Jan Heinemeier, Friedrich Lüth and Harald Lübke: Dietary habits and freshwater reservoir effects in bones from a Neolithic NE German cemetery. In: Radiocarbon . Vol. 52, No. 2, 2010, pp. 635-644, doi : 10.1017 / S0033822200045665 .
  • Almut Hoffmann, Jean-Jacques Hublin and Matthias Hüls: Homo aurignaciensis Hauseri from Combe Capelle - a Mesolithic burial. In: Journal of Human Evolution. Vol. 61, No. 2, 2011, pp. 211-214, doi : 10.1016 / j.jhevol.2011.03.001 .
  • with Agnieszka Czekaj-Zastawny and Jacek Kabaciński: Long distance exchange in the Central European Neolithic: Hungary to the Baltic. In: Antiquity. Vol. 85, No. 327, 2011, pp. 43-58, doi : 10.1017 / S0003598X00067429 .
  • Detlef Jantzen , Ute Brinker, Jörg Orschiedt, Jan Heinemeier, Jürgen Piek, Karlheinz Hauenstein, Joachim Krüger , Gundula Lidke, Harald Lübke, Reinhard Lampe, Sebastian Lorenz and Manuela Schult: A Bronze Age battlefield? Weapons and trauma in the Tollense Valley, north-eastern Germany. In: Antiquity. Vol. 85, No. 328, 2011, pp. 417-433, doi : 10.1017 / S0003598X00067843 .
  • with Detlef Jantzen: Violent death in the Tollensetal 3200 years ago. In: Archeology in Germany . No. 4, 2011, pp. 6-11.
  • Joachim Krüger, Frank Nagel, Sonja Nagel, Detlef Jantzen, Reinhard Lampe, Jana Dräger, Gundula Lidke, Oliver Mecking, and Tim Schüler: Bronze Age tin rings from the Tollense valley in northeastern German. In: Prehistoric Journal . Vol. 87, No. 1, 2012, pp. 29-43, doi : 10.1515 / pz-2012-0002 .
  • with Stefan Karol Kozłowski, Marta Połtowicz-Bobak and Dariusz Bobak: New information from Maszycka Cave and the Late Glacial recolonization of Central Europe. In: Quaternary International. Vol. 272/273, 2012, pp. 288–296, doi : 10.1016 / j.quaint.2012.02.052 .
  • with Andreas Kotula, Sebastian Lorenz, Manuela Schult, Joachim Burger and Bettina Jungklaus : Standing upright to all eternity - The Mesolithic burial site at Groß Fredenwalde, Brandenburg (NE Germany). In: Quaternary. Vol. 62, 2015, pp. 133–153, doi : 10.7485 / QU62_6 .


  • with Harald Floss: The stone artifacts of the Magdalenian of Andernach (Middle Rhine). The excavations from 1979–1983 (= Tübingen works on prehistory. 1). Leidorf, Rahden (Westphalia) 2002, ISBN 3-89646-851-0 .
  • with Berit Valentin Eriksen: Hunters in a Changing World. Environment and Archeology of the Pleistocene-Holocene transition (approx. 11000-9000 BC) in Northern Central Europe. Workshop of the UISPP Commission XXXII at Greifswald in September 2002 (= international archeology. Working group, symposium, conference, congress. 5). Leidorf, Rahden (Westphalia) 2004, ISBN 3-89646-435-3 .
  • with Jürgen Piek: Early traces of violence. Skull injury and wound care on prehistoric human remains from an interdisciplinary perspective. Workshop in Rostock-Warnemünde from 28.-30. November 2003 (= contributions to the prehistory and early history of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. 41). Archaeological State Museum Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schwerin 2006, ISBN 3-935770-13-8 .
  • with Martin Street and Nick Barton : Humans, Environment and Chronology of the Late Glacial of the North European Plain. Proceedings of Workshop 14 (Commission XXXII "The Final Palaeolithic of the Great European Plain / Le Paléolithique Final de la Grande Plaine Européenne") of the 15th UISPP Congress, Lisbon, September 2006 (= RGZM-Tagungen. 6). Publishing house of the Roman-Germanic Central Museum, Mainz 2009, ISBN 978-3-88467-143-6 .
  • Lawrence Guy Straus and Denise Leesch: The Magdalenian Settlement of Europe (= Quaternary International. 272/273). Elsevier, Amsterdam et al. 2012.

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